Before you apply for naturalisation

Before you apply for naturalisation you must fulfil the following criteria:

1. Indefinite leave to remain in the UK for 12 months (this is the status you must apply, as Refugee status lasts for 5 years)

You must also:

2. prove you were in the UK exactly 5 years before the day the Home Office receives your application

3. prove your knowledge of English

4. have passed the life in the UK test

5. intend to continue living in the UK

6. be of good character – you will need 2 references, have no driving offences, CCJS or criminal convictions

Residency requirements

7. You should have lived in the UK for at least 5 years before the date of your application.

8. not spent more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years

9. not spent more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months

10. not broken any UK immigration laws (for example living illegally in the UK)